Michael and Ashley Mortenson

Team Director at Minnesota State University in Mankato

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Where I serve

God has called us to serve college students at Minnesota State University in Mankato. This will be our 5th year serving at Mankato and the 4th year serving as Team Director. We have seen the lives of young people transformed to both know Jesus Christ and his Church and desire to share the Good News of the Gospel. 

From Left to Right: Andrew Heller, Hunter Beggs, Amanda Smith, Emma Smith, Ashley Mortenson, Michael Mortenson

My Story

We both grew up in Dickinson, ND and went to Dickinson Trinity Catholic School. Neither of us truly took our faith seriously until our senior year when Father Joshua Ehli became our teacher where he began to challenge us in what we believe and why we believe it. This started our journey to come and know Jesus. It was here that we both decided the Faith was so important that it had to be taken seriously. 

We attended college at the University of Mary were during our sophomore year FOCUS came to campus. That year we both got involved in a FOCUS Bible Study were we began to truly encounter Christ in Scripture. It was that year that we began to rid our lives of all the toxicity that we had taken in as being a part of the culture. We began to attend daily Mass more often and have friends who challenged us to strive toward virtue in all things in life. We both became seriously involved during our time in college and both began to lead our own Bible Studies and leading others to Christ.

Our Senior year in college we attended FOCUS's national SEEK conference and had our lives changed in ways we could not know then. One of the speakers mentioned the importance of find God's will by sharing "you need to see what the world needs and what gift and abilities you have and that is where you ought to be." It was in that moment where Christ clearly called us to serve on mission as full time missionaries with FOCUS. It was so life changing that 5 years later we continue to work for the New Evangelization. 

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …